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BNSF Derails a Dozen Freight Cars Near Great Falls Police Station

By October 15, 2012 No Comments

(Great Falls, Montana – October 7, 2012)

Performing pick up and set out duties during a mid-trip stop in Great Falls, MT, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train consisting of both cars loaded with general merchandise and empties derailed a dozen of its 86-car consist less than 1,000 feet from the Great Falls, MT police station Sunday afternoon at 3:30 P.M.

The locomotives were shoving the train behind the GFPD station and across the Missouri River Bridge when the 12 rail cars, all empties, left the tracks.

River Drive South, a major Great Falls thoroughfare, was closed from the time of the derailment, through the night and into early Monday afternoon before sufficient clean-up work had been done on the derailed cars to allow the street to re-open.

The train, which had originated in Denver, CO and was destined for Spokane, WA, damaged at least three parked autos when the rail cars left the tracks and created a significant pile-up.